Girls Semis, Boys Quarters on J-98 at Central Christmas Tournament

Two girls semifinals and four boys quarterfinals highlight the Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas tournament today on J-98.
We start with a Fliegs Equipment Pregame Show at 12:45 as the top seeded and 9-1 South Iron Panther girls play 8-2 Steelville. Both are state ranked, South Iron, 2nd in Class One and Steelville 10th in Class Three, and both had convincing wins in the first round. Panthers coach Jimbo Blackwell says the Cardinals stand out on both defense and offense…

Steelville coach Zach Kennedy says the defending tournament champs can put you in a hole in a hurry…

The second semifinal pits second seeded and 8-1 host team Central against Fredericktown. The Lady Cats just snapped a six game losing skid with a win over Potosi. Coach Micah Reutzel says Central is a step up…

Fredericktown comes in at 5-6. Central coach Josh Mapes says he wants his defense buttoned up…

The Rebels are ranked 6th in Class Four.

The first boys quarterfinal game should pack the house. Rivals Central and North County square off. 7-1 Central used a well rounded team effort to take down Perryville. Coach Brad Gross says his bigs will have to play that way against 5-4 North County…

Raiders Andrew Civey punished Herculaneum with 31 points and 19 rebounds in the first round, but North County Dan Johnson says Central has a lot to be concerned about…

Four seed and 6th ranked Steelville ran past Jefferson in the first round, while Ste. Genevieve outlasted Farmington. Cardinals coach John Tolly this four versus five seed matchup should be a good one…

Steelville comes in at 7-1. Ste. Gen is now 8-1. Dragons coach Rob Coleman looks at the Cardinals speed and tenacity as a factor…

The third boys quarterfinal features the three time defending tournament champion, two time defending state champion and Class One’s number one ranked South Iron Panthers against Potosi.
South Iron is two seed and unbeaten at 10-0. Coach Dusty Dinkins says the Trojans will be a threat…

Jackson Conaway is ready to put the ball in the air right now…

Potosi is the seven seed and enters the game at 7-1.

The final quarterfinal game pitts three seed and 7-1 Festus against six seed and 6-2 Hillsboro. The Hawks may have the deepest team in the field. Festus coach Jason Therell played his full lineup liberaly in the first round. He says he may need on hands on deck to advance…

Brian Sucharski wanted his team to play faster, but doesn’t want the Tigers to play fast…